Monday, January 31, 2011

Weekend Wanderings: Unplanned

For the first weekend in a long time, I had a more-or-less unplanned weekend, and it was wonderful. Friday evening, I went for drinks with Christina and our former colleague, Courtney, at Rogue Bar, where they had some fun flavored martinis for $5 on Fridays. We decided to get coffee and dessert at Eataly, and on our way over, stopped for a wine tasting at a shop somewhere on 6th Ave. The man running the tasting was from right near where James lives, and so we chatted for a bit about that, and he gave us four Loire Valley wines to try. Courtney and I each ended up buying a bottle of Kiwi Cuvee pinot noir. When we finally made it to Eataly, I was absolutely enthralled by all their offerings. As I've mentioned before, I'm trying to teach myself how to cook, and seeing all these incredible ingredients under one roof was wonderful. And, the cappuccino we had was just amazing. I'm not a big coffee connoisseur, so take my opinion with a grain of salt, but it was really, really good. The chocolate-hazelnut cake was also quite good.
Saturday morning I woke up and bought several lovely dresses from ModCloth (don't judge me! some are for work! it's almost my birthday month!) before getting a tiny bit of work done. In the afternoon, I watched Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World, which I loved, and then Roger came over with pizza and we enjoyed the pinot I'd bought the night before J.J. and Kali then joined us for yet another movie, No Strings Attached. It wasn't quite as adorable as Scott Pilgrim, and it's definitely not something I would usually go to see, but it was a cute date movie, and we had a nice evening out.

Sunday, to round off a lovely, quiet weekend, we woke up late and headed over to Barnes & Noble for some coffee and free wi-fi. I worked on an abstract for a conference, and picked up a super-cheap copy of selections from Roland Barthes. We grabbed some groceries, and decided that future Sundays should include a longer trip to Trader Joe's and running, before coming home to make fresh juice and dinner (stuffed mushrooms and baked eggs). Some really gratuitous TV watching and studying followed, and now, my first full week of work since before Christmas (thanks, snow-days!) starts.

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